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by the algerian government. other reports say some of them escaped. we do know as many as 41 people, including some americans, were taken hostage by islamist militants yesterday. the obama administration is concerned about these conflicting reports. >>> she got her start writing for the san francisco chronicle. today the woman known as dear abby has died at the age of 94. she suffered a long battle with alzheimer's. her first column appeared in 1956 and competed for decades with her twin sister, ann landers. she passed in 2002. >>> fewer people are dying from cancer each year. a new report from the american cancer society found the overall cancer death rate drops 20% from 1991 to 2009. a reduction in smoking and better detech shup methods are to thank. >>> the federal government is encouraging mothers to breastfeed. new regulations will require insurance companies to cover the cost of breast pumps. an improvement for moms who say they need all the help they can get. >> insurance companies are still working out the details and trying to align venders and patient services and how they're going t
complex. hillary clinton is urging the government to do everything possible to protect the remaining workers who were taken hostage on wednesday. >> in health matters, lap band surgery is a safe and long-term solution for obesity. this after a study following people who got the procedure in 1994 when it was first introduced. the majority maintained an average weight loss of 57 pounds for more than a decade. and 75% of patients with type two diabetes no longer needed medicine to control their blood sugar. >>> the older it gets the harder it is to multi-task. blood flow was monitored in the brains of young and older adults as they multi-tasks. older adults needed more blood in the brain. they are doing studies to see if training studies can help bring the brain young. >>> just in time for inauguration, the president's official portrait was released for his second term. and as you see, he has a big smile on his face, what a difference from his portrait four years ago, he was not as grey and his smile not as big. and the first lady sporting a new hair-do. to show off her new bangs. we wi
to a bloody end today. the algerian government reports 32 islamic militants and 23 hostages are dead following an army raid today, the fourth day of that crisis. defense secretary leon panetta called the loss of life appalling and vowed to bring the terrorists to justice. >> nobody is going to attack the united states of america and get away with it. for that reason we have made a commitment that we'll go after al qaeda wherever they are. and wherever they try to hide. >> at this point the u.s. will only confirm the death of one american engineer from texas and one british worker. it is not clear how many hostages were taken in the first place. on thursday, the algerian army began its counterattack to liberate the plant that is deep in the desert 800 miles from the capital. officials say the rebels were about to drive the hostages to another country. >>> a man walked on stage and pointed a gas pistol a at politician delivering a speech in bulgaria's capital today. the turkish leader struck the man before he could pull the trigger. a group of people kicked, punched and stomped on the gunman bef
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